Learning Hub Limerick: Request for Tender

Learning Hub Limerick

Request for Tender to develop a plan for the development of a city-wide horticulture, community gardens and growing initiative in Limerick

1. Introduction

Learning Hub Limerick seek to engage a suitably qualified consultant to develop a project plan for the development of a horticulture, community gardens and growing initiative in Limerick City.

1.1 Background

Learning Hub Limerick in conjunction with other members of Social Enterprise Limerick, Limerick City & County Council and PAUL Partnership Limerick have been exploring the possibility developing a city-wide horticulture, community gardens and growing initiative to provide growing, training, and social spaces in the city which would address the following key priorities:

  • Encourage more Community Growing Spaces and Initiatives in Limerick City
  • Support community organisations interested in developing new community growing spaces
  • Provide suitable spaces for all levels of gardening and growing training in the city
  • Provide guidelines for maximising biodiversity in garden spaces in the city
  • Work with project partners to develop outline plans for their community growing spaces/projects
  • Encourage project partners to collaborate and work together to maximise available resources and develop collaborative projects in the city.
  • Explore the potential to develop a city wide sustainable social enterprise focused on horticulture community gardens and growing and how this might be achieved

Limerick Community Garden Working Group (LCGWG) has been established to manage and oversee the project and to provide advice and support to the project coordinators and consultants associated with the project

1.2 Contract Objectives

The key objective of the project are as follows:

  • Conduct an audit of existing and potential community growing spaces in Limerick City
  • Identify potential project partners and other projects & initiatives that could benefit from the project
  • Develop a 3-year action plan for community growing in Limerick City
  • Explore potential for city wide Social Enterprise focused on horticulture and community growing
  • Assess the viability of creating training and employment opportunities in community growing

2. Methodology

The successful tenderer will be expected to meet with the project steering group to make final decisions around project design and methodology. However, the project should include the following key steps:

  • An Audit/Mapping exercise for existing and potential community growing spaces in the city
  • Interviews with Social Enterprises and other Community Organisations with suitable growing spaces
  • Interviews with potential project partners and collaborators who could contribute to and/or benefit from the project, this would include, but not be limited to:
    1. Educational and Training Organisations
    2. Environmental and Biodiversity projects
    3. Limerick City & County Council
    4. Appropriate regional, national, and international organisations and networks
    5. Social Enterprise Limerick members
    6. Limerick Food Partnership Members
    7. Social prescribing
    8. Migrant & new communities
  • The Project Plan will include as a minimum:
    • An overview and map of the facilities, locations and organisations which will potentially be involved in the project
    • Recommendations around resources, staffing and budgets required to sustain the project over a 3-year term
    • A draft 3-year action plan for the project
    • Recommendations around sources of funding and on-going support for the proposed project

Recommendations/suggestions from the successful tenderer around project methodology will also be considered by the LCGWG.

3. Resources Provided

The LCGWG will provide the consultant with advice, guidance, contacts and support to ensure successful delivery of the project plan.

3.1 Budget

The total budget for provision of the project outlined in this tender is €15,000 inclusive of all project activities and VAT

3.2 Timeframe

Work on this contract will commence in March 2023 and be completed by May 2023

4. Terms of the Contract

4.1 Expertise

Proposals are invited from interested and experienced individuals/organisations with:

  • Experience of developing and delivering project plans as outlined in this tender.
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, and inter-personal skills
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Social Enterprises and Community Organisations
  • Knowledge and expertise working in horticulture, community gardens, training or similar related areas would be a distinct advantage

4.2 Proposal Submission:

Proposals should include:

  • An outline of the approach – clearly indicating how you propose to deliver the desired outcomes
  • Name of applicant(s) and/or organisation with which the current contract will be placed
  • Number, details of roles and input, and expertise of all staff and/or sub-contractors to be involved in the project
  • Cost (including VAT where applicable), broken down by person-hours/days
  • Relevant references
  • Evidence of relevant qualifications & experience
  • Tax Clearance details
  • Evidence of Professional Indemnity Insurance

4.3 Proposal Assessment

An assessment panel will examine all proposals received. Assessment criteria will include:

  1. Clear demonstration and understanding of the brief
  2. Level, depth, and nature of experience in the area (quality and relevance of previous work)
  3. Methodology and approach
  4. Evidence that they possess the relevant skills and qualifications
  5. Overall assessment and quality of proposal
  6. Cost effectiveness

Enquiries should be directed to the Learning Hub manager@learninghub.ie or by telephone: (061) 453 099 by 5pm Wednesday 8th of February 2023.

Proposals should be submitted by email only to: manager@learninghub.ie by 5pm Friday 10th of February 2023.

The Limerick City Gardens Feasibility Project is supporteded by:

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Learning Hub Limerick, Kileely House, New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick, V94 YT26 Tel: 061 453099

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
23rd Jan, 2023
Expiry Date
10th Feb, 2023